Latest Mental health News

Here’s the latest on the investigation into the shooting at Joel Osteen’s megachurch

Feb. 17, 2024 00:29 AM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Nearly a week after a woman opened fire at celebrity pastor Joel Osteen's Texas megachurch, there are still questions about a motive behind the attack and scrutiny on how a person with a record of criminal misdemeanors and a history of mental illness was able to obtain her weapons....

Four-term New Hampshire governor delivers his final state-of-the-state speech

Feb. 15, 2024 16:12 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Sununu delivered his final state-of-the-state address Thursday, urging lawmakers to continue on the path of fiscal prudence and limited government that he said has made New Hampshire “a beacon of success.” “Continued success is not...

Prison deaths report finds widespread missteps, failures in latest sign of crisis in federal prisons

Feb. 15, 2024 13:21 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The kind of systemic failures that enabled the high-profile prison deaths of notorious gangster Whitey Bulger and financier Jeffrey Epstein also contributed to the deaths of hundreds of other federal prisoners over the years, a watchdog report released Thursday found. ...

Warning signs mounted before Texas shooter entered church with her son, former mother-in-law says

Feb. 15, 2024 00:44 AM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — The former mother-in-law of the woman who opened fire at a Houston megachurch tried for years to alert authorities and others, including church staff, about her ex-daughter-in-law’s mental health struggles, she said Wednesday. But Walli Carranza said nothing came of her actions....

Some worry California proposition to tackle homelessness would worsen the problem

Feb. 14, 2024 19:52 PM EST

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom is urging voters to approve a ballot initiative that he says is needed to tackle the state's homelessness crisis, a change social providers say would threaten programs that keep people from becoming homeless in the first place. ...

Things to know about California's Proposition 1

Feb. 14, 2024 19:41 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California voters this March will decide on a statewide ballot measure that Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom said would transform the outdated mental health system and address the ongoing homelessness crisis. Proposition 1, the only statewide initiative on...

New York City files a lawsuit saying social media is fueling a youth mental health crisis

Feb. 14, 2024 18:55 PM EST

New York City, its schools and public hospital system announced a lawsuit Wednesday against the tech giants that run Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Snapchat and YouTube, blaming their “addictive and dangerous” social media platforms for fueling a childhood mental health crisis that is disrupting...

Maine governor's supplemental budget addresses some needs after mass shooting

Feb. 14, 2024 15:43 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Democratic Maine Gov. Janet Mills unveiled a $71 million supplemental budget on Wednesday that includes several initiatives following the deadliest mass shooting in state history, including more funding to boost mental health initiatives, support required assessments under...

Family of man who died after being tackled by mental crisis team sues paramedic, police officer

Feb. 13, 2024 21:46 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Members of a mental health response team sent to help a man who was having a “psychotic breakdown” instead killed him by tackling him and leaving him handcuffed, according to a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday by the man's family. The lawsuit over the 2022 death of...

Mental health emerges as a dividing line in abortion rights initiatives planned for state ballots

Feb. 13, 2024 10:30 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The weeks after Kaniya Harris found out she was pregnant were among the hardest in her life. Final exams were fast approaching for the college junior. Her doctors told her she had an ovarian cyst, and the risk of ectopic pregnancy was high. The wait times for...